We witnessed a world-class fight with a happy ending tonight at the Bell centre.
Lucian Bute (21-0-0 17 KOs) originally from Romania, now settled in Montreal since 4 years already answered the call, made his dream come true right before our eyes in Montreal tonight. He is now the IBF super-middleweights champion.
Against the IBF champion, a very dangerous power puncher in Alejandro Berrio (26-5-0 25 KOs) Lucian Bute has followed his game plan and drained Berrio with effective combination punching to finally defeat the champion by TKO during the 11th round.
Faster and more effective, Lucian Bute has kept an edge on the champion, exploited his stamina and quickness advantage round after round, slowing down Berrio. The plan was crisp and clear between Bute and trainer Stephane Larouche and it worked perfectly.
Alejandro Berrio did fight forward all night long, hitting Bute with solid shots here and there but missing wildly most of the time. Bute took everything the champion threw at him and answered back with combinations and body blows.
At the 11th round, Bute threw many punches, backing up Berrio in the corner then threw 2 huge blows that knocked the champion out on his feets. Referee Marlon B. Goode stepped in and stopped immediatly the fight.
Montreal now counts 2 world champions. Joachim Alcine and Lucian Bute. The city is now well known in the boxing world and considered as one of the next big thing. Some more world champions can sum up for Montreal next year with Jean Pascal only to name him once again. (after all he is my favorite active boxer at the moment.)
Congratulation Lucian and long live the champ!
(Picture: Canadian Press.)